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Lines Written in Early Spring Analysis

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Logan Haser

on 25 February 2013

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Transcript of Lines Written in Early Spring Analysis

Second Stanza:
"To her fair works did Nature link C
The human soul that through me ran; D
And much it grieved my heart to think C
What man has made of man. D" Analysis of
"Lines Written in Early Spring",
by William Wordsworth,
by Logan Haser -William Wordsworth was inspired to write this poem while walking near Alford Background Context: Basic Poem Pre-analysis: The poem was published in a collection named
Lyrical Ballads in 1798 and is a Lyrical Ballad Stanza One:
"I HEARD a thousand blended notes, A
While in a grove I sate reclined, B
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts A
Bring sad thoughts to the mind. B" Here Wordsworth uses imagery and sensory
language to immediately captivate the reader and create a vivid and beautiful scene Here Wordsworth is personifying
nature and imbuing her with God-like
powers, in suggesting she can create entities that link to the human soul
Topics of Discussion:
-Background Context
-Basic Poem Pre-analysis
-Stanza By Stanza analysis
-Summary and Conclusion
-Sources -Wordsworth's ideals and concerns about social issues and how society was
developing were likely spurred by his support of the French Revolution after visiting France in 1791, and are present in
the poem The ballad is made up of six quatrains
and has a rhyme scheme of:
ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GHGH, DIDI, JDJD Wordsworth is describing how in nature he
finds solace, but also how nature reminds
him of the atrocities of mankind. In the third and fourth verses Wordsworth contemplates and grieves
mankind's turn for the worse away from nature
Stanza Three:
"Through primrose tufts, in that green bower, E
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths; F
And 'tis my faith that every flower E
Enjoys the air it breathes. F" Here Wordsworth is using vivid imagery
to express his love of nature
Even going so far as to personify the
flowers and state his belief that they
should celebrate their life Definitions of tricky words:

Primrose: plant that produces pale yellow flowers in the spring

Bower: a pleasant shady place

Periwinkle: plant with five petaled flowers and glossy leaves https://www.google.com.hk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&docid=ICm24rCJPvoZuM&tbnid=oiDtcCbWIy5LqM:&ved=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmiguel2010.deviantart.com%2Fart%2FPeriwinkle-299982913&ei=hXUrUd6TBqaviQfzooDoCw&psig=AFQjCNEV7imN6lspq7nENX9MV3tjTXuKmw&ust=1361889029451879 Stanza Four:
"The birds around me hopped and played, G
Their thoughts I cannot measure:-- H
But the least motion which they made G
It seemed a thrill of pleasure. " Here Wordsworth personifies birds giving them
the ability to think. Wordsworth also, however, makes a metaphor of
his personification, stating that he cannot
measure their thoughts, a paradoxical statement
itself, and that he can guess from observance
they are quite pleased and joyous creatures. Stanza Five:
"The budding twigs spread out their fan, D
To catch the breezy air; I
And I must think, do all I can, D
That there was pleasure there. I 20" Here Wordsworth is again personifying nature, and glorifying it's actions and attributes,
covering the message of doing everything
we can as humans to protect the pleasure
that can be received from communion with nature.
The air is breezy, carefree.
The twigs are playfully, and perhaps mesmerized, trying to catch the intangible
and carefree air, giving the whole scene a peaceful atmosphere.
The twigs enjoy existing. Stanza Six:
"If this belief from heaven be sent, J
If such be Nature's holy plan, D
Have I not reason to lament J
What man has made of man? D" Here Wordsworth lays bare his opinions and
point in writing this poem:
He again personifies Nature, comparing it to God and gives it its own will and ability to plan,
implying the sacredness of nature Wordsworth states that he "laments"
what man has made of man, and this is
the technique of antithesis, with what
man has made of man being the opposite
of nature's "holy plan" Bibliography: -Interpretation, bg info, and analysis help:
-Images(free to share license):
-Periwinkle http://miguel2010.deviantart.com/art/Periwinkle-299982913
The End!
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